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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (1997)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (1)

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
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    TomWaitsTables: You want an explanation? Read The Books of Magic; if you loved Sorcerer's Stone, which is about an ordinary boy discovering a whole new world where he finds a future larger than he had ever imagined, you will love Neil Gaiman's The Books of Magic. If you ever find yourself thinking that after an awful lot of sequels and years of a multi-billion dollar franchise being squeezed for every Knut, that the world of Harry Potter has lost its magic, I urge you to rediscover it again in The Books of Magic. There is nothing else to say; there is only awe and wonders.… (more)

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J.K. Rowling creates a beautiful world full of wonder and ideas. The protagonist Harry takes the reader with him into a new environment. By showing new aspects and hidden places, Rowling is able to hold the reader immediately. Hogwarts and the whole wizarding world develope a sense of familiarity while also being something completely new to the main character and the reader. ( )
  plitzdom | May 12, 2021 |


Future home of a bad idea...

  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I read the illustrated edition this time and it was a completely charming addition to this first story. The illustrations were beautiful and if you're looking for a nice gift for the Harry Potter fan in your life, this is an obvious one. It's also a great way to introduce the books to a younger crowd, although at this point only one and two are illustrated and it hard to imagine reading one of the later doorstoppers in this format. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
Un libro que puedes releer las veces que quieras y siempre soltarás una lagrimilla de añoranza. Ese primer libro que te introdujo en un mundo lleno de magia e ilusiones. ( )
  ItsAkirex | May 6, 2021 |
Ye pre good ( )
  aidymcb | May 6, 2021 |
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One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is going to prove a classic of children's literature, but Rowling, whatever the aesthetic weaknesses of her work, is at least a millennial index to our popular culture. So huge an audience gives her importance akin to rock stars, movie idols, TV anchors, and successful politicians. Her prose style, heavy on cliche, makes no demands upon her readers. In an arbitrarily chosen single page--page 4--of the first Harry Potter book, I count seven cliches, all of the "stretch his legs" variety.

How to read"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? Why, very quickly, to begin with, perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do. is there any redeeming education use to Rowling? Is there any to Stephen King? Why read, if what you read will not enrich mind or spirit or personality? For all I know, the actual wizards and witches of Britain, or America, may provide an alternative culture for more people than is commonly realized.
 

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Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bar-Hilel, GiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dellepiane Rawson, AliciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dzhebarova, TeodoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Escorihuela, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Giraudeau, BernardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høverstad, Torstein BuggeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huws, EmilyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kasoruho, AmikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Künster, Doris K.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mahmūd, Sahar JabrTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marienė, ZitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matsuoka, HirokoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendiguren, IñakiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Needham, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nic Mhaoláin, MáireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nong, SuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oosthuysen, JanieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peng, Chien-WenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piatrovič, AlenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinfold, LeviIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Srisanti, ListianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tóth, Tamás BoldizsárTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tomic, TomislavIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vierikko, VesaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilharm, SabineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyler, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
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The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things - terrible, yes, but great.
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Initially published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
-Novelist
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
(asbunny)
A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
(marcusbrutus)
Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
(Firefox-Flame_dancer)
Went with a strange man

because he gave me chocolate.

Almost got murdered.

(CathWhitney)

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